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Quizlet

By Charles G. Doe - Posted Sep 1, 2011
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Company: Quizlet, LLC, 101 Howard St., Suite 350, San Francisco, CA 94105, (510) 495-6550, http://quizlet.com

Price: Quizlet is free. Quizlet Plus, the premium version, costs $10 a year. This is an ad-free version with unlimited groups and the ability to upload images.

Audience: Middle school, high school, and college students use Quizlet.

Format: Quizlet is a flashcards and study games website offered in multiple languages, with visuals and voice in some languages. All flashcards are user-generated. Quizlet contains elements of social networking to promote learning through groups and a blog.

System Requirements: Internet access via computer is needed. Quizlet will work on older computers, but the faster the computer and access, the better.

Description: Quizlet is an easy-to-use and efficient tool for learning. It has become the largest flashcards and study games website, with more than 5 million free sets of flashcards covering every possible subject, three learning modes, testing, and some games to reinforce learning.

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Overall Rating:5 Stars
Installation:A
Content/Features:A
Ease of Use:A
Product Support:A

Reviewer Comments:

Installation/Access: This is a matter of registering or paying the $10 fee, going to the Quizlet website, and using it. In­ stallation/Access Rating: A

Content/Features: At 15, Andrew Sutherland needed a tool for learning vocabulary and built one that is brilliant in its efficiency and ease of use. It took off and has grown enormously, with more than 5 million flashcard sets and 1,760,925 registered users.

A small team of developers is incorporating new features such as a new audio feature and flashcards with images and languages. Quizlet has sets in more than 50 languages with audio, and the entire site is available in some.

Users can make their own flashcard sets with their own terms and definitions or choose from the millions of flashcard sets made by other users. Quizlet has excellent study tools with a flashcard mode to familiarize users with the material. Learn Mode keeps track of scores and retests incorrect answers. Test Mode generates customizable tests with short-answer, matching, multiple-choice, and true/false options.

Users can study with friends or classmates by creating a group to share or discuss flashcards. Teachers can effectively use Quizlet by creating a group of their students.

Learning is further reinforced by playing competitive study games. Scatter is a matching game that lets users drag and drop questions and answers with their mouse while racing against the clock. Space Race is a video game study simulation. Racing the clock, users type in answers to questions flying overhead before the questions evade their grasp.

Third-party developers have enhanced Quizlet’s usefulness by developing dozens of mobile apps for iPhones, Android devices, Palm devices, iPads, and others. Examples are Flashcard Touch by Agilis Lab for the iPhone, Flash Card 101 by myPocket technologies for Android devices, and FlashCards by James Harris for webOS. Content/Features Rating: A

Ease of Use: This site is extremely easy to use, with clear instructions, intuitive development, and FAQs. Ease of Use Rating: A

Product Support: Product support is limited, but little is needed. Clear instructions, a demo, excellent design, a blog, and extensive FAQs generally are all that is necessary. Product Support Rating: A

Recommendation: Quizlet is highly recommended for anyone needing to learn information that fits the flashcard format. Teachers will find it useful to create flashcards for students and to set up entire classes in groups so students can help each other. Highly Recommended.

Reviewer: Charles Doe (charliegd@sbcglobal.net) is a 39-year teacher, including 10 years as elementary media specialist in Hastings Area Schools in Hastings, Mich. For the past 12 years, he has written articles and reviews for Internet@Schools.


 
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